Lion King (2019) Review

Major Spoilers:

When I found out about the “live action” movie of Lion King, I wanted to see it. Lion King is one of the musicals I love. Lion King would be one of the hardest ones to do- after all, it is a musical where the characters are animals. I already had fallen in love with the live action versions of Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Would the same happen with Lion King?

The opening scene, “Circle of Life”, did give me a lot of hope into how well done the rest of the film would be. Those animals and the African Savanah looked “real”. You never could have guessed it. That is one of the best openings to a movie musical.

We all know that scene. I was in tears when Mufasa died. I knew when it was coming. I don’t even remember if that scene affected me that way when I was a child. If it didn’t, I do know I began to feel the emotions in that scene when I saw the stage show last year.

One of the biggest disappointments I have with this film is “Be Prepared”. It is Scar’s number. In both the cartoon and the musical, it actually felt like a intense song meant for a villain. In this movie, it didn’t feel like Scar was actually singing- it was like he was talking all the lines. “Be Prepared” is the main disappointment I had with Scar.

As far as the other main songs go, they were spot on meaning they did not disappoint me. I already said my opinion about “Circle of Life”. There is something special about Disney love songs- it doesn’t seem to matter who sings them- but no matter what, the magic and innocence and nostalgia (if it is a childhood musical) is always there- “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” defiantly had that.

In both Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, I loved their original songs, Evermore and Speechless. Lion King’s original song, that belonged to Nala, did not set the bar for me. However, I still thought it was a well-done movie: just a few disappointments.

10 thoughts on “Lion King (2019) Review

  1. I’ve not seen this one yet, mostly because I’m not sure what I’m going to think about animals who look very realistic, singing. The trailers look visually stunning but I’ve not been able to adjust to the speaking, etc.! It looks like a pretty great film, though!

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  2. I’ve heard about the live-action movie and seen even the trailer just now. Looks really amazing. I’ve heard about the original as well and even seen a little bit of it one time, but never really saw the full thing. But the live-action remake looks so cool and amazing that I’d put it on my list of movies to see if I were to have a chance to go to a theater someday. If not then I’d have the ability to rent it on iTunes when it becomes available to rent in the future. I’ve also seen lots of memes of it that brought me to the movie as well, so that’s another reason why I would like to watch it as well.

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